About HoDo Restaurant
Fargo, ND 58102
All are welcome at the HoDo Restaurant, a casual fine-dining establishment where exquisitely creative, delicious cuisine and unparalleled, experienced service intersect. We use locally grown and harvested ingredients, humanely and sustainably-raised whenever possible. The dishes are prepared with raw ingredients; if we can make it here, we’ll make it here. From the house made breads and lavosh that start your meal, to the palate-cleansing sorbet you may enjoy before your entrée, to the hand-crafted desserts that add the finishing touch to your experience, the Hotel Donaldson will always be a memorable addition to your culinary repertoire.
Contemporary American, Steak, Comfort Food
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11am - 5pm in HoDo Lounge
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: Seating 5pm until 9pm;
Friday & Saturday: Seating 5pm until 10pm;
Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm (Sunday dinner served in the HoDo Lounge)
Brunch: Sundays 9am-2pm
1st Ave N
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Ever-changing restaurant and art gallery. We host and promote the regions visual, culinary, performance and literary arts.
Free on street parking on 1st Avenue and Broadway St. Off street parking available on the East side of the Hotel. Valet parking available - $15.
Private Party Facilities:
Great spaces do more than function. They inspire great actions and lasting memories. That's the philosophy behind the Hotel Donaldson's meeting rooms and related accommodations. Your personal celebrations or business functions will benefit from our approach to quality food, attentive service and attention to the details of your event. HoDo Restaurant can add as many personal touches as you need. Don't forget, the hotel rooms, restaurant and lounge are all under the same roof and can add another dimension to your retreat or function.
Check out the event spaces and see for yourself. You're sure to find something that will inspire you. Hotel Donaldson has room for you and up to 100 guests.
Private Party Contact:
Jody Extrand: (701) 478-2939
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Chefs' personal tasting menus avaialable. Please call 701.478.1000 or visit hoteldonaldson.com. Click on Happenings.
HoDo Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
As compared to our visit last year, it w ...
As compared to our visit last year, it was much less impressive on all accounts. We went for dinner for our anniversary. The restaurant was very cold, and every time the door opened, we got another blast of cold air on top of that.
The bar menu would likely have been a better value for the price. The food portion size to price was not equal. My walleye dinner, while tasty didn't came in a bowl of average size. No salad, and we only received bread when we asked for it.
My kids got the bison burger for much less price and comparable volume. It was frankly disappointing to go and get an average meal and spend over $100 with a tip.
Our waitress was less available than we'd hoped - we got our drinks topped off by the host instead. This was surprising because we saw two servers, a host, and there were less than 3 other tables besides us with guests.
Previously, there was more volume of food which better justified the steep restaurant prices.
I will not be going back to the restaurant, but will likely still go to the bar for casual dining.
I've had great experiences in the past a ...
I've had great experiences in the past at the Bar side, but this last restaurant experience fell flat. We dined for new years eve, making reservations two weeks in advance. The food was overpriced for what it was, and that's coming from someone who's prepared to pay Minneapolis fine dining prices. The waiter was forgetful, very informal, and served us the food without care, taking a very long time to check in each time. The Knoephla soup soup had a single dumpling in the entire cup. The Sea Bass wasn't evenly cooked, which for $40, was a disappointment. The Lavash of the day was skimpy on the toppings. The drinks, although good, were a very long wait. Probably because the bar was so busy, but still, it shouldn't take 20 minutes. On the upside, the host was very friendly. I don't think I'll be back to the restaurant side. It's the bar or nothing when it comes to the HoDo!
I enjoyed the meal and service at the Ho ...
I enjoyed the meal and service at the HoDo. However, our table was in the bar and we were surrounded by people standing waiting to take our table.
Also, I received three separate reminder calls and two emails regarding this reservation. It was a bit excessive and I felt like I was being scolded.
Waitress was excellent!
I was disappointed with the food. My Bis ...
I was disappointed with the food. My Bison Hanger steak was very good. My partner's Salmon was very dry. The service was sloppy and uneven. For the price, as I would say it wasn't a good value. There are plenty of restaurants in the area that are more interesting and have better variety.
Was visiting Fargo and looking for a nic ...
Was visiting Fargo and looking for a nice restaurant to meet up with relatives. Went on a Monday night - probably only 3 other tables that evening. Service was very very casual - we wondered if our server was high the whole night. Very interesting menu - but the food did not live up to it's expectations. Salmon with maple glaze was dry, although the vegetables were interesting - but they did not live up to the promise of the menu. For the price, there have to be better options - Fine Dining prices with mediocre service and food.
We had an impromptu early Saturday eveni ...
We had an impromptu early Saturday evening dinner with our son and his significant other We had a delightful time food and drinks were so good and my sons girlfriend just happens to agree with my choice of wine. It was all good. We will return
We have eaten in many fine restaurants a ...
We have eaten in many fine restaurants across the US and Europe and this restaurant stands up to fine restaurants we have experienced in much larger cities. I had the bison and my husband had the filet and both were excellent. The presentation of the food was lovely.
We dined at the HoDo to celebrate an ann ...
We dined at the HoDo to celebrate an anniversary with my parents, who are not easily impressed. Everyone had a perfectly lovely meal; my dad polished his plate, and we all agreed that the truly amazing dessert was the capstone of the evening.
My second time in Fargo, ND and had to r ...
My second time in Fargo, ND and had to return to HoDo as the food and service was great last year and once again, it was excellent. There do not seem to be many high quality restaurants in the Fargo, ND area; however, Hodo is just that. I had the Caprese salad with the hanger steak entree and a glass of red wine. The service was friendly and not rushed and the food was very tasty and enjoyable. The wine list, if you are getting a bottle, is quite extensive with a good wine selection. Overall, it is priced well and a good spot for a good meal in Fargo. I highly recommend it!
Beautiful food, but dry. Service could improve.
Went on a Saturday night with a reservation. Waited a while (maybe 15 minutes) for our first drink and water. Had a spoonful of sevitche compliments of the chef, delicious. Ordered fried pickled green tomatoes - quite good. Entrees were a grouper fish with octopus - beautifully presented and quite tasty, the fish was cooked perfectly but the octopus was dry, overcooked. Also ordered pork shank with spaetzle - this also was tasty except that the pork was very dry. I don't understand why the long wait for food and beverage to come to our table. Our server informed us that they were "slammed." Other than the long initial wait, the server was attentive.
Reservations for Mother's Day 2016
Even though the restaurant was NOT busy, our table was located in front of and adjacent to the main door on Broadway. The service was OK but the buffet items were not hot enough and with the odd placement of our table........this is one place we will not be returning to.
I was hoping to celebrate mother's with ...
I was hoping to celebrate mother's with a great brunch. This was far from it. It rates up there with one of the most horrible meals I have ever had. The food was cold and over-cooked and the buffet was frequently out of key items such as bacon, sausage, salmon and desserts. I went back 4 times to get one piece of bacon. The "variety" of desserts consisted of pudding type items. They had chocolate cake when I first got there but that was gone and not ever replenished in the hour we were there. The waitstaff seemed stressed and eager to get us out of there. For the price charged, it was very over-priced and poor quality. I will never go back and it is unfortunate because the atmosphere was nice and could have potential. Don't waste your money or time.
HoDo... kind of disappointed
For the cost of the meal @ 100 bucks for me and my lady, the food should have been much better. The appetizer was good (Mac n cheese croquettes) and the setting is pretty good but the entree was below average for the price and expectation. I would not go back personally.
Downtown Fargo Gem
The HoDo is my favorite restaurant for special occasions. The food is always beautifully prepared and well served. I like the fact that the noise level is low, and that it caters to adults rather than families with children. I always recommend it when people ask where they ought to go for a meal.
I've been here three times in the past five years (I'm from out of town), and this time was a huge disappointment. I've eaten in the main restaurant and the lounge, but this time we were in the lounge. I brought my boyfriend here after raving about it for years, and we and our two friends were very underwhelmed. The drinks were OK, but not worth their prices. They were weak versions of drinks I've had at other establishments in Minneapolis/Portland/Seattle. I was very disappointed in my food, as was my friend who ordered the same item. I got the "Vegetarian Sauté" and it was a HUGE plate (annoyingly huge--it took up way too much space on the tiny table) of sautéed vegetables with a light sauce on them. It was an appetizer's amount of food, but they tried to pass it off as a main entree. As a vegetarian, there weren't a ton of options on the menu for me in the first place, so I was mad that this was billed as an entree, when really it was a glorified appetizer. My boyfriend got the Braised Bison Short Ribs, which was off the main restaurant's menu. He said it was OK, but the bison was fatty. Our friend got the cheesy panini sandwich, which looked really good, and he was happy. But it's kind of difficult to mess up a grilled-cheese sandwich.
Service was OK. The ambiance is actually terrible. It's so early 90s in there, and really needs an update. We won't be back, unfortunately.
Perfection squared. Micheal, the host, w ...
Perfection squared. Micheal, the host, was a seasoned professional. Food was a multi-faceted delight. Frequent visits is the only way to enjoy the scope of this gems offerings. I was amused in every way. Thank you.
My boyfriend and I went at 5pm for a Val ...
My boyfriend and I went at 5pm for a Valentine's dinner. I always love the atmosphere at the HoDo. It's has quirky art and a very sophisticated, yet welcoming vibe. Our server was so sweet and gave us just the right amount of attention. The food was amazing! I'm never disappointed with a meal here or the service. 5 stars all the way around :)
What a waste of money
It's the fanciest restaurant in Fargo, but you could eat out at a nice restaurant in NY or DC for the same price and the food would actually be good. My point is, either the prices are too high, or the food is not really that great, and I'm not sure which it is. I think mostly they have a captive market because there is just not much else around it!
All alone driving cross country and decided to treat myself the night before Thanksgiving. What bliss! The appetizers alone (foie gras and cheese plate complete with descriptive placards) were worth the trip from Boston to Fargo. I had the elk for a main dish and it was perfectly cooked and paired with locally sourced vegetables and greens. The service was exceptional, the presentation sumptuous, and the overall experience divine. Dining alone can sometimes be uncomfortable but they made me feel like a queen. I highly recommend.
HODO at the Hoterl Donaldson
Beautifully themed restaurant, blown glass, Eno/Byrne/Shankar inspired atmospheric music, EXCELLENT SERVICE. The food was new to me - elk, bison, duck, angus very palatable for game. Great apps, soups, salad - had one selection from each course and tasting menus are available. Great Cucumber Martinis - just all around very good place overall. Fair prices for a four-diamond establishment. Good cocktails. Give them a try - there'll be SOMETHING you like there! Promise!
An Incredible Dining Experience!
My wife and I have traveled around the country and have tried many fine establishments, the whole experience at the HoDo Restaurant seems magical now.
We live in the Sacramento CA area and were back to celebrate our son's graduation from NDSU.
The drink menu included many interesting cocktails and martinis that we couldn’t help but try as we waited for the rest of our party to arrive.
The menu had many fine choices, some of the highlights for us were the Duck and the Bison.
Desert was lovely.
The bill was reasonable!
It truly wasone of the best dining experiences we have had, right up there next to the other James Beard nominees and winners we have tried in Omaha NE, Sacramento and Plymouth CA.
Please sign in to record your input. Thanks!
Report this review as inappropriate?
If you believe this review should be removed from OpenTable, please let us know and someone will investigate.